This year marks the 28th Annual Payson Scottish Festival and Highland Games which will be held on July 8-9 at Memorial Park in Payson.  This event is a free, community-sponsored event.

I went two years ago and it was quite a sight to see.  There was plenty of entertainment, booths to look through, food, and the sporting events were by far the most interesting thing I had ever seen – a bunch of men throwing large things around – it doesn’t get any more interesting than that.

Friday night, entertainment will begin at 6:00 pm in the center of the park with the usual booths all around including food, artwork, clothing, jewelry, books, and swords.

Performer Schedule:

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM Alex Bigney
  • 7:00PM – 8:00PM An Dragan Ceilteach
  • 8:00PM – 9:00PM New Horizons Orchestra


Saturday, the festival begins at 8:00 am.

8:00AM Scottish Sprint
Starting at the park
9:00AM Parade
Route is along Main Street, begins at corner of Utah Avenue and Main Street, follows Main Street to 300 S. and ends at 100 E.
9:30AM Opening Ceremonies and Massed Bands
Located on the Athletic Field
8:00AM – 5:00PM Competitions
Various locations throughout the Park
10:00AM – 4:00PM Bandstand Entertainment
Located at the Bandstand
5:00PM Closing Ceremonies and Massed Bands
Located on the Band Field

Performer Schedule:

  • 10:00AM – 11:00AM Celtic Country Dancers
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM Power Academy of Irish Dance
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM Bad Colleen
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM Celtic Folk Band
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM Bad Colleen
  • 3:00PM – 4:00PM Celtic Folk Band
  • 4:00PM – 6:00PM Alex Bigney
  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM Steve McDonald
Time Men’s Event Women’s Event
8:00AM Stone Puts Stone Puts
8:45AM Light Weight for Distance Heavy Weight for Distance
10:00AM Heavy Weight for Distance Light Hammer
11:00AM Hammer Light Weight for Distance
1:00PM Caber Toss Weight for Height
2:00PM Weight for Height Sheaf Toss
3:00PM Sheaf Toss Caber Toss




The dance competitions will be held in the dance tent located on the north side of the park. Chairs will be available for the spectators.